March 8, 2019 is International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter.
Over the last 100 years, women in many countries have secured labour rights and protection from violence, access to sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as reaching highest positions of leadership.
Sadly, we are still lagging in the full global gender equality area.
How do we achieve a better balance for women?
Both Women AND Men need to:
- Forge a more gender balanced world.
- Celebrate women’s achievements.
- Take action for equality.
Did you know that according to the World Economic Forum (WEF):
- That it will take at least 202 years for economic gender parity if we continue at the current pace of change.
- One-third of women are likely to face violence in her lifetime, however public services, urban planning and transport systems are planned with women’s safety and mobility in mind (according to the United Nations).
- At least 740,000,000 women make their living in the informal economy with limited access to social protection, public services and infrastructure that could increase their productivity and income security.
- Women do 2.6 times more unpaid care and domestic work than men and only 41% of the world’s mothers with newborns receive maternity benefits.
Women are an important piece of society ‘s fabric – from nurturing at home to contributing to the business and political world. Thank a woman, help a woman gain parity – we wouldn’t be where we are without them.